State Parks & Beaches

Carpinteria State Beach - Santa Barbara County

picture of Carpinteria SB

Please Note: For the current status of this park, please call (805) 968-1033. 

Twelve miles south of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria State Beach offers a mile of beach for swimming, surf fishing, tide pool exploring and camping. The Spanish named the area Carpinteria because the Chumash tribe, which lived in the area, had a large seagoing canoe-building enterprise, or "carpentry shop" there, because of naturally-occurring surface tar which was used to seal the boats. 

Seals and sea lions can be seen in the area December through May, as well as an occasional gray whale. Tide pools contain starfish, sea anemones, crabs, snails, octopi and sea urchins.

Reservations Recommended

The park is off U.S. 101, twelve miles south of Santa Barbara.

Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing
Summer and spring are warm, fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.

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Park Features
Activities Facilities
  • Beach Wheelchair
  • Bike Trails
  • En route Campsites
  • Exhibits & Programs
  • Family Campsites
  • Fishing
  • Group Campsites
  • Guided Tours
  • Hike or Bike Campsites
  • Campers (Max. Length)  35'
  • Picnic Areas
  • Restrooms
  • RV Dump Station
  • RV Hookups
  • Supplies
  • Trailers (Max. Length)  35'
  • Showers
  • Visitor Center

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